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Orangeburg County School District trustees start superintendent search talks
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Orangeburg County School District trustees start superintendent search talks

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Orangeburg County School District trustees met behind closed doors for nearly an hour on Monday to discuss the search for a new superintendent.

They took no action.

"We will have more information probably at the next board meeting," Board Chair Peggy James-Tyler said following the closed session.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25.

James-Tyler said Monday’s discussion primarily revolved around the search process and whether the board will conduct an internal search or use the S.C. School Boards Association.

The SCSBA often helps districts conduct superintendent searches.

The entire board and interim superintendent Dr. Darrell Johnson were present for the meeting. About four individuals from the public were in attendance.

The meeting was the first one regarding the search process for a new superintendent.

Johnson was hired to serve the fledgling district for a year and is supposed to serve through June 30.

He has about 32 years of experience in education. He most recently served Greenwood School District 50 as superintendent for 13 years.

He had planned to retire June 30, 2019, but chose to accept the Orangeburg County position.

Johnson replaced Dr. Zona Jefferson, who served as an interim superintendent during the district's transition process from three districts to one district.

In other matters, trustees read a card from the family of trustee Dr. William O'Quinn thanking the board for its support and kindness after the death of his 96-year-old father, EsDorn O'Quinn. The Branchville resident died Jan. 25.

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